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We all do things without thinking at times. Daily habits form and we repeat our actions automatically. Some of these habits can damage plumbing infrastructure and result in a great deal of frustration. Most people in Callahan, FL, have experienced a sudden, unexpected need for a plumber. No one can prevent every possible problem, but we can be aware of our actions and avoid seemingly insignificant actions that become more serious over time.

Damaging Hidden Pipes

Screwing or hammering a nail into the wall to hang a picture is fairly innocuous. That little nail or screw can lead to a very aggravating problem if it punctures a pipe within the wall. You’ll probably notice the problem as soon as water runs through that particular pipe because the water will end up spraying drywall or eventually soaking through the wall entirely. This scenario may even require an emergency call to your local plumber.

Drain Cleaner

Reaching for a bottle of drain cleaner on a store shelf is almost an automatic reaction to inconvenient toilet clogs. Some products are even advertised as clog prevention. The instructions claim the product will prevent future clogs. Drain cleaning solutions are extremely caustic and corrode pipes and fixtures. These products probably won’t cause too much damage with sporadic use, but heavy or constant use of drain cleaners can destroy plumbing. Call a professional for stubborn clogs and ask how you can avoid clogging in the future.

Joining Different Pipe Materials

Attempting DIY plumbing repairs can always have unintended consequences, but one surprisingly common mistake may not be obvious. You should never join two different metals. An example would be connecting a steel pipe to a copper pipe. The two metals corrode at different rates and in response to different things. This is true for any pipe material, and joining dissimilar metals may lead to accelerated corrosion and leaks. Call a plumber when repairs are necessary to save yourself time and frustration in the future.

Food Waste

Its tempting to assume anything in liquid form can be conveniently dumped down the drain. Unfortunately, grease is only a liquid until it cools. Many calls to plumbers have originated in a goopy, sticky mass of fat clogging pipes. Pour used grease in an empty beverage bottle and dispose of it with other solid trash.

Rinsing food waste down a kitchen drain is also an ideal strategy for clogging pipes. Finely chopped pieces or foods with very soft consistencies may go down the drain, but your plumber may need to remove it later if this is done on a regular basis. Some food gets stuck in pipes before reaching a septic tank or sewer mains. Clogs can start out with just a few tiny pieces that rapidly accumulate additional mass from catching subsequent food items traveling through the pipe.

Outdoor Hoses

The mild winters of Callahan, FL, are the envy of people in other snow-covered parts of the country. Local residents know snow is possible. Freezing temperatures can also occur, even though cold snaps don’t usually last long. Leaving outside hoses attached when a cold snap occurs generally leads to buying a replacement hose. Worst case scenario is a frozen faucet and damaged pipes in the home’s interior that need urgent attention from a plumber.

Plumbing Vents

Plumbing vents supply air to interior drains. The vents facilitate drainage by preventing suction and let sewer gases escape. Some homeowners forget what these vents are for and use them to run cables between rooms or mistakenly block vents completely. Obstructed vents interfere with drainage and may let gases build up in your home.

Hair and Hygiene Products

Toilets are the source of many plumbing problems. People tend to flush a plethora of items and substances that shouldn’t be swirling down a toilet drain. Hair is a very common offender. Don’t be fooled by the lack of mass in hair clippings or balls of hair pulled from a comb or brush.

Hair does not dissolve in water or oil. Its actually a rather durable substance, and it easily tangles around fixtures or bends and dips in pipes. Products, such as hair spray, gel, or serums, can solidify tangles and magnify the problem. These tangles grow every time more hair is flushed and the hair mass attracts other substances. Large clogs with significant hair content aren’t easy to dislodge, so a call to your plumber is almost always necessary.

Surprisingly, common hygiene products aren’t actually safe for toilets. Dishwashing liquid, laundry detergent, and soap can damage the rubber seals in your cistern. Never flush shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments, body wash, and lotions either. These products contain all sorts of oils, fats, and soap. Cosmetics and exfoliators may contain plastic, beeswax. mica, sugar, or salt. None of these ingredients is good for your plumbing, and they all contribute to clogged toilets.

Indiscriminate Flushing

Cotton swabs, feminine hygiene products, and baby wipes are commonly flushed items that will clog your plumbing. It may not seem like a big deal to just flush such items once in a while, but even sporadic occurrences increase risk of clogs. Try not to flush biodegradable feminine products, wipes, or other hygiene items bearing ‘flushable’ labels.

None of these products decompose quickly and they could easily lead to hiring a plumber to pump a septic tank. Households connected to city water and sewer services may end up with clogged underground mains. Items that make it through into public infrastructure can create a mess for everyone. Public service workers have manually removed plenty of clogs made up of items that shouldn’t have been flushed in the first place.

Call Bert Norman’s Plumbing for any plumbing problems, regardless of their cause. Calling a professional plumber is almost always a better choice than trying to deal with problems alone.

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Those living in the Callahan, FL area know that plumbing works just like any other mechanical system. Drains-and-Pipes--Some-Common-Reasons-To-Call-A-Plumber-_-Callahan,-FLSometimes, it can go very smoothly with all parts interacting just as they should. This is when you know everything is in order and working properly to serve the plumbing needs of your home.

But beware, because just like any other ordinary mechanical system, anything that can go wrong with your home’s plumbing will. Anything from clogged drains to broken water heaters and more, you know that when the going gets tough, it’s time to call the plumber. So look no further than Bert Norman’s Plumbing, which can service Callahan, FL and other areas within this fine coastal state.

A good plumber can fix anything, from clogged drains to leaky pipes and more. The plumbing services at Bert Norman’s are many, and you can choose from a list online.

The signs of a clogged drain are many, but they are accurate and to the point when it comes to your drain cleaning service needs. Some signs to watch out for include foul odors which emit from the drain that is clogged, as well as backup. In fact, when one plumbing fixture backs up into another, the proof is evident that you have a clogged drain in dire need of immediate attention.

Drains in your home are intricately connected and what happens with one can affect the other. Take, for example, your bathroom. Your toilet gets clogged, but then you soon start to notice some backup into the tub or the sink, or perhaps both. This can pose a serious threat, especially as you begin to notice sewage that seeps into your shower or tub. You think of every possible nightmare that could happen with your plumbing, up to and including the unimaginable expense that might be involved. Since all three fixtures use the exact same drain, this could indicate a line blockage, which is something that needs to be addressed by a professional.

There are many common issues that lead to drain clogs, including lost jewelry, hair that gets stuck, and grease and oil that binds to the inner walls of your pipes and hardens rapidly. Other substances such as solid food and even tree roots can also get stuck, and may require the use of hydro-jetting to get them loosened and out of the system.

There are other substances that lead to drain clogs, such as wipes that are declared “flushable,” tampons and other feminine hygiene products, and, in some cases, paper towels that are mistakenly flushed down the toilet. Anything that doesn’t dissolve quickly in water can be prone to causing a clog, and care needs to be taken when deciding what goes down the drain and what doesn’t.

The mechanical snake is used when the drain becomes clogged with tangible objects such as human hair and excessive bath tissue. With a mechanical snake, the plumber can reach into the pipes and grab the object that is causing the clog, whether its hair, bath tissue, or even a piece of jewelry. The only drawback is that this method is used only with these objects, but with food, grease, and other substances, mechanical snaking is ineffective and hydro-jetting should be used.

When using the hydro-jetting method, the plumber gets into the drain using a special pointed tool that aims at the source of the clog and eliminates it. This method is commonly used with items that no ordinary plumbing snake can get, such as hardened grease and bits of solid food. What happens during the process is that the plumber will get in there and blast away at the items using roughly 1,500 to 4,000 pounds of pure water, which is designed to tackle the toughest of clogs.

What’s best about the hydro-jetting method is how safe it is for your system. It uses no harsh dyes or chemicals and doesn’t cause any kind of damage to your pipes or drains if done by a professional. The only downside is that you may be expected to spend more money than you’d like to have this done, but the long-term savings are definitely worth it. Plus, having clean drains will allow you to enjoy making the most of your water and provide you relief in the process.

Hydro-jetting can pick up where the mechanical snake leaves off. It can not only break up hardened debris such as tree roots or solid food, but it can get the layers of substances that harden along the walls of your pipes.

Pipes that leak can cause their own share of problems, from mold and mildew that’s readily seen to a moldy smell in your bathroom or kitchen. This is due to the water that leaks onto an area such as your counters or floors, which can result in the growth of mold to begin with.

You may even notice the sudden appearance of wet spots or cracks that appear along the drywall of your home. Yet these cracks may start to widen, which is enough to set off alarm bells and have you calling for the plumber.

When you ignore a leaky pipe, high water bills can result. This is due to the fact that several gallons of water are lost per month through pipe leaks, which can more than triple by the end of the year. With this in mind, calling a plumber for an inspection is critical prior to setting up a work order.

In most cases, simply repairing or replacing a single pipe won’t do. It becomes critical that the plumber do a complete re-piping of your entire system, which would allow for brand new pipes to replace the old ones. And although the investment may seem heavy, the long term benefits are many.

Whether you’re facing a drain clog or a pipe leak, there’s no need to worry. A good plumber can help you fix your issues right away. Simply call Bert Norman’s Plumbing or visit them online for a free estimate.

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Here's-to-Your-Bath-and-Kitchen--What-a-Plumber-Can-Do-_-Fernandina,-FLA plumber is always right at your fingertips no matter what. From simple, routine repairs to major projects, the professionals at Bert Norman’s Plumbing are here to serve those living in Fernandina, FL and other surrounding regions.

A good plumber can provide a vast array of home plumbing services right at your fingertips, and those services can be anywhere from the smallest problem to any major project for your Fernandina, FL home. It could be something as small as getting your shower pan replaced, or something major, such as a hot water repair or replacement or a sewer line upgrade.

With shower pans, it can be difficult to tell if there is a leak that warrants a repair. In fact, leaks that are the result of a faulty shower pan are so hard to detect that they can slip your eye and cause untold damage to your home and its foundation. The water damage that results from a leaking shower pan can lead to mold or mildew, rotting wood, or possibly termites on down the road as the result of the rotting wood.

There are many types of shower pans in which to choose from, some of which are either tiled or composed from fiberglass. Others are custom-made or are simple base shower pans and nothing too fancy. Sometimes, even an acrylic or stone version can be available to replace your old one, and the plumber will know just what to do when the need arises. If anything, each professional has special knowledge of the many kinds of shower pans that are available and will gladly answer your questions and address your concerns as needed.

One of the newest and most trendy services that is offered by Bert Norman’s Plumbing is reverse osmosis, which is a special type of water filtration system that removes harsh chemicals from your home water supply. Water is applied to one side of the filter to remove all the ions and hard metal elements such as copper or lead, and that makes the water much safer for both drinking and other types of personal use.

Reverse osmosis moves the water molecules from lower to higher concentration, thus allowing much time for filtration prior to the water coming through your taps. In fact, there are several filtration methods that the water must go through, one of which is a sediment filtration, then the next being the actual osmosis filter right before the water hits the final stage of purification, that being the carbon filter. Sometimes, ultra violet lamps are used, but not quite as necessary as the other two methods that get the nasty elements out of the water prior to its use.

Although reverse osmosis sounds like a wonderful service to have, it may not be the one for everybody. Not everyone shares the same priorities when it comes to addressing their plumbing wants and needs, and the professionals at Bert Norman understand that there are so many services for a qualified plumber to perform. Simply put, the list goes on and on, and a good plumber is qualified to do anything to fix your plumbing woes.

Faucet upgrades and fixture makeovers are other services that can be done by a qualified plumber from Bert Norman’s. In fact, it is a commonly known fact that a dripping faucet often wastes around 230 gallons of water per year, and that’s quite a bit that can be used. Most homeowners understand that this can add more weight to the size of their monthly water bill as the expenses continue to add on a month-by-month basis, and that in itself presents a major source of stress and aggravation.

A plumber from Bert Norman’s has knowledge of all of the new types of faucet fixtures on the market and can walk you through the process as you choose the design that is best suited for your bath and kitchen areas. You may want to opt for a polished brass set, or may decide to settle for simpler versions such as a classic stainless steel or brushed nickel. Anything that would suit the theme of your kitchen or bathroom and match well with other colors and plumbing fixtures is definitely worth investing money in.

Whether they are new or not, tub and shower faucets have a quick way of slowly but suddenly coming undone and making it hard on you to enjoy your evening bath or shower. When they don’t work as they should, it’s time to call a plumber. Replacing the tub or shower valve becomes a serious must, as without it, it becomes almost impossible to keep that portion of your plumbing active and functioning for very long.

In fact, valve replacement goes well beyond the shower and tub, as it can be applied to other types of indoor plumbing as well. Good valve service extends to your drains as well as your general plumbing. Drain valves extend beyond plumbing in that they release excess quantities of liquid and gas from your plumbing system, which makes them vital to the general running of your indoor plumbing. Without them, water would neither flow smoothly nor would it be safe or clean for use if gas and other chemicals remained in it.

Plumbing valves serve to regulate the ebb and flow of your water. In fact, they “direct” traffic in that they remain in firm control of the way the water is moved in and out of your plumbing system.

The stop valve is the plumbing valve that completely stops the flow of water to any plumbing outlet or device. Think of your faucets, your toilet, the washing machine, and your dishwasher, just to name a few. If the water ran long after you’ve stopped using those, you’d be looking at a larger than life water bill. Therefore, when the valve breaks, calling a plumber as soon as possible is an absolute must.

Whether it’s your kitchen or bathroom plumbing that’s in need, don’t wait. Call or visit online to schedule an appointment at Bert Norman’s Plumbing for the work you need today.

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